A home office with a red desk and an upholstered chair.
Robbie Caponetto

Work in Style

Relax -- and get to it -- with an office space that’s as charming as it is inspirational. Whether you’re creating a work niche in a bedroom with plenty of natural light or in a basement with artificial sources, it is possible for form and function to collide. Here, dressmaker details in the form of an interesting print and a sculptural table add character to the space. But you don’t have to break the bank to customize your very own personal space. Read on to add do-it-yourself personality for less.

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A home office with a red desk and an upholstered chair.
Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Sophisticated Seating

Sophisticated and sassy, this armchair with sloped, structured sides is formal enough for a dining room but comfortable (and supportive) enough for web-browsing, note-taking or good, old-fashioned relaxing.

Ivy Chair in Paisley Print, $358
Available at UrbanOutfitters.com

A home office with a red desk and an upholstered chair.
Courtesy of IKEA

Good Console

A high-gloss finish makes this clean-lined desk as smashing as it is functional. Generous surface area -- with plenty of room for important papers, books and frames -- seals the deal.

Besta Burs in High Gloss Red, $249
Available at IKEA

A crystal table lamp in a home office.
Courtesy of Overstock.com

Crystal Clear

Even an office space with enviable natural light deserves a touch of elegance in the form of a crystal table lamp. Shed some light on your inspiration with this simply chic example.

Crystal Column Table Lamp, $104.99
Available at Overstock.com

A decorative woven trash can in a home office.
Courtesy of The Container Store

Receptive Receptacles

These attractive woven wastebaskets not only hide unsightliness in style, they also make taking out the trash a treat.

Makati Wastebasket in Natural, $19.99
Available at The Container Store


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